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Hariri Criticizes Leaks After Claims Hezbollah Killed Father

Nov. 23 (Bloomberg) -- Lebanese Prime Minister Saad Hariri said leaking information to the media doesn’t serve “justice” after a report claimed United Nations investigators had discovered Hezbollah killed his father.

“I personally think that the media leaks do not serve the course of justice,” he said in an e-mailed statement today.

The Canadian Broadcasting Corporation (CBC) said in a report on Nov. 21 that Hezbollah and Wissam Hassan, the head of Lebanon’s police intelligence, were behind former Prime Minister Rafiq Hariri’s assassination in 2005. CBC said its report was based on interviews and documents obtained from UN investigators probing the killing of Hariri and 22 others by a Beirut roadside bomb.

Hassan, a close ally of Saad Hariri, was in charge of his father’s security at the time of the assassination.

“Colonel Wissam El Hassan has our full confidence,” Saad Hariri said today. “He had it and still has it.”

Other unconfirmed reports have linked Hezbollah and Wissam Hassan to Hariri’s murder. However the CBC report comes as tensions are high in anticipation of an indictment by a UN-backed tribunal that may implicate members of Hezbollah.

The leader of Lebanon’s Shiite Muslim Hezbollah movement, Hassan Nasrallah, said Nov. 11 his group won’t allow the arrest or detention of any of its members over Hariri’s killing. Nasrallah said the court is unconstitutional, biased and should be abolished.

Hezbollah, which has members in the Lebanese government and parliament, has been leading an armed guerrilla war against Israel including the 2006 war.

The Shiite group, backed by regional allies Iran and Syria, also leads groups opposed to Saad Hariri and his allies that are backed by western countries and Sunni powerhouse Saudi Arabia.

To contact the reporter on this story: Nayla Razzouk in Amman at nrazzouk2@bloomberg.net.

To contact the editor responsible for this story: Maher Chmaytelli at mchmaytelli@bloomberg.net.

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